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“Shhh... best kept secret.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Swede Hollow Cafe

Swede Hollow Cafe
725 7th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55106-5044
651-776-8810
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Ranked #62 of 805 Restaurants in Saint Paul
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Shhh... best kept secret.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I always hesitate to share this place, but then I get so excited about the cinnamon roll bread pudding and the daily quiche special that I end up gushing about it for a solid five minutes. I've never had anything but the special, but I don't know why you'd ever want anything else. (Just more seating...)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Real Food: A gem of the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is a cafe where food is made to order, and the ingredients are fresh and wholesome. While not cheap, it is a great place to have a casual lunch with friends or colleagues. The outdoor seating area adjacent to the cafe is a beautiful, relaxing spot amidst gardens. In a neighborhood with few restaurant choices, it's great to know there's a nice place to get real food.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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St Paul, MN
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Hidden Hollow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Ok, it's not really hidden....it sits right on on E 7th St., but we had never ventured to that side of St Paul to eat there before. That has been our loss, because it was delicious. We had the Breakfast Croissant, which was served piping hot and large enough to feel full afterwards. The coffee was very good, but served in the large white ceramic cups, went cold a bit sooner than I cared for. The only downside, was that it is too small. It's 'cafe cute', but very tight. We went at 10am on Friday morning and it was packed. Nevertheless, I can't wait to go again and try something else!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“How Sweet Swede is...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

A St Paul standard, Swede Hollow is a great breakfast and lunch cafe on the east side. Famous for their cinnamon and carmel rolls. You just have to have one. Saturday morning they are packed but it's worth the wait. The homemade quiche is always tasty. They change so it's hard to talk about one in particular. They are all good. Wes and his team really put their personal touch on everything. You just feel at home. We get breakfast to take out. If you have not been you have to go. The hot chocolate is great and the coffee is wonderful Counting calories? Try the skinny mocha. Ok and have them put the chocolate stick in there and forget the calorie counting.

It's a foodie bucket list stop.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Roseville, Minnesota
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Really great coffee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I are both St.Paul born and raised and I just discovered this place a few months ago! Great coffee, the foam is perfect even with a skim drink which is difficult. Staff is friendly and welcoming I have tried the biscotti, cookies , and beans by the pound. I would recommend all. I love good coffee and I don't mean add 10 lbs of sugar coffee. If you like a little sweetness try the Cubano.

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